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What was the outcome of the Rain Box Planters trial?
This project was seeking to begin to look at whether a shared, collaborative, working space, would also be a useful resource for Dublin City Council staff – but particularly whether one could have a dual purpose as a ‘standard’ meeting room also.
Whilst the focus of this Beta Project was primarily internal use within Dublin City Council, we’re providing it here as it could be of use in multiple organisations or situations.
What was the outcome of the Street Parklet Beta Project, iteration 2?
What was the outcome of the Bike Hangar Beta Project?
Please use the hashtag #BikeHangarBeta on social media to help everyone follow the conversation.
Dublin City Council beta is being put into ‘hibernation’. I’d like to explain why, and what this means.
What do you think of the below format for listing prioritised projects?
We spotted one of those ‘manage your daily workload’ type pieces online which suggested people organise their day in a format similar to the below image. (Focus on one big item that day, a few medium items, and finally lots of small, quick, items.)
We thought that it might also be a useful way to graphically show what’s proposed (for internal City Council sign-off), and what’s currently being explored (for everyone else). Continue reading
Great news folks! Dublin City Council Beta Projects has now been corporately adopted!
Slight update to the site can be seen here.
You can see their very first version here…
People discussing new ideas often find themselves doing two things at the same time – discussing general and wide-ranging policy, and discussing the detail of implementation at a specific location or within a specific community.
Beta Projects therefore can be split into two types – Beta Project policy and Beta Project place – and we would like to discuss these a bit more below.
If commenting on social media, please add #DCCbeta to help everyone follow the conversation.
This Beta Project looks at whether we could further highlight the existing transport connections in Dublin by creating ‘local mobility nodes’, and whether such a concept would help us with future transport infrastructure decisions. We’re calling these ‘Leap Points’.
If commenting on social media please add #LeapPointBeta and #DCCbeta to help everyone follow the conversation!
This Beta Project will look at whether we can green streets and better manage rainwater coming from people’s roofs by exploring the idea of ‘Rain Box Planters’.
If commenting on social media please add #RainBoxBeta and #DCCbeta to help everyone follow the conversation!
This concept is being updated as “Many Hands” with the following logo…
ManyHands.ie redirects to this page until we figure out how best this concept might be used.
Original Post: 28/10/14
We’d like to have a conversation about whether it could be useful as a city to have another way for people to get involved with improving their Dublin.Please use the hashtag #DublinDifferenceBeta on social media to help everyone follow the conversation.
Trials only need to last as long as you’re learning…but sometimes they may need to be kept in place for longer. We’re calling this Beta Fair Time.Please use the hashtag #BetaFairTime on social media to help everyone follow the conversation. Continue reading
What was the outcome of the Street Parklet Beta Project?
Please use the hashtag #StreetParkletBeta on social media to help everyone follow the conversation.
People regularly ask as to why Beta Projects are removed, and we’d like to explain the thinking behind it, and welcome a discussion.
Please use the hashtag #DCCbeta on social media to help us and everyone else follow the conversation. Continue reading
What was the outcome of the Curated Walls Beta Project?
(Above piece by Art By Eoin)
Please use the hashtag #CuratedWallsBeta on social media to help us and everyone else follow the conversation.
What was the outcome of the Traffic Light Box Artworks Beta Project?
(Above piece by Hawkie)
Please use the hashtag #BoxArtworksBeta on social media to help us and everyone else follow the conversation.
At the end of a Beta Project, we’d like to let people know how the trial went, what we measured, how feedback and suggestions were taken into account, and what the outcomes of the trial are going to be.
We’re calling this idea a ‘Beta Project Report Card’ and we’ve prepared two examples below.
If commenting on social media please add #ReportCardBeta to help us follow what you think of the idea, and all feedback and suggestions!
This Beta Project will look at the issue of love locks on the Ha’Penny Bridge (and neighbouring bridges and Boardwalk).
If commenting on social media please add #LoveLocksBeta to help us follow what people think of the idea, and all feedback and suggestions!
This Beta Project will look at whether we can better support people in storing their bicycles outside their homes.
If commenting on social media please add #BikeHangarBeta to help us follow what people think of the idea, and all feedback and suggestions!
In January 2012, Shane Waring of the City Architects Division of Dublin City Council proposed that an idea be explored as a “City Architects 10% Innovation Time Project”. This was approved by Ali Grehan, the City Architect and so within two months the Beta Projects went live (Beta’s ‘birthday’ is the 13th March) with the first Beta Project.
To date (over the past two years), this project has been developed and managed as an “Innovation Time Project”. Continue reading
A. (Awareness of the issue/opportunity for Dublin.)
We’d like to explore the idea of ‘Project Champions’ – certain people leading, administering, and facilitating others to carry out certain roles in their community.
This is just to begin some of the explanation around this idea, and we don’t expect it will make 100% sense as yet. We’re going to look at creating what we’re calling (working title!) Themed Kanban Tables. Continue reading
We haven’t particularly mentioned them to date, but Dublin City Beta Projects uses 6 themes when trying to prioritise which Beta Projects macro to next work on. (Also see the blog sidebar where they’re shown.)
- We have simplified these to bring them down from 14 to 10 metrics. We’ve done this by combing some of the metrics (the 3 ‘area perception’ ones, and the 3 ‘sustainability’ ones).
- We’ve also changed the ‘Sustainability’ metric to be ‘Sustainability and Resilience’.
The metrics are used when assessing Beta Projects in reports such as this.
What’s the issue?
We need a system for measuring our experiments:
- Evidence of the impact of individual Beta Projects.
- To allow Dublin City Council to make actionable decisions about each Beta Project.
- To justify requests for additional Dublin City Council resources to specific Beta Projects.
We’ve been thinking about the idea of a 0.01% Innovation Fund for Dublin, and we’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions.
(Pictured here is the Street Feast we went to, and munched at, at Dublin’s Urban Farm.)
We’d like to briefly mention two new ‘digital’ developments.
- The Beta mechanism was included in a new ‘Dublin Digital Masterplan‘ (which was produced as a result of this group).
- At this stage it’s simply the inclusion of the concept, and how it will work, we will develop the idea as it proceeds (as Beta has to date). This development will be based on your comments and suggestions, and our observations and queries.
- We’ve helped kickstart a ‘CoderDojo for Adults‘ and we’re calling it ‘Code For Dublin’. (Thanks to Eugene for meeting us for coffee, for immediately understanding what we were trying to do and why, and finally for spotting the opportunity to kick this off.) Continue reading
There is a problem with onstreet dumping in Dublin.
This Dublin City Beta Project aims to explore this issue and begin to develop and prototype solutions. It is likely that it’s what’s often called “a wicked problem” – ie it’s highly complex with no apparent easy solution.
Dublin City Beta Projects follow an A-F stage process, and the below is written to follow that format. The plan is to update the relevant section as the Beta Project proceeds.
STAGE A – AWARENESS OF THE ISSUE / OPPORTUNITY
- About 4,500 bags are currently dumped onstreet in Dublin every week.
- This is not a new problem. It has always happened but Dublin City Council used to take all waste away as part of the waste collection. It is has now simply become very visibly apparent since privatisation of the waste collection system, as the private waste collectors only collect the paid-for waste (which clearly highlights what’s left behind).
The issue has a few results…
- The issue is currently costing Dublin City Council €675,000 per annum.
- There is a visual issue.
- There is a health issue.
- There is a movement issue.
- There is an amenity issue (children playing onstreet etc).
There has been a fair bit of discussion online about the issue, including the online comments. Some of those can be seen on the Journal.ie and the Irish Times (links provided are to the search terms rather than any individual articles as there have been a lot).
STAGE B – BASELINE OF THE ISSUE / OPPORTUNITY
There seem to be 5 main factors resulting in onstreet dumping…
- Paid-for Waste not being picked up by the Waste Collection Companies due to…
- using the wrong bag
- because of ripping
- being too heavy
- having the incorrect contents
- Paid-for Waste being put out on the wrong day (so potentially sitting onstreet for 6-13 days before it will be collected)…
- People don’t have the space in their small (warm) flat to hold rubbish for a week (or more in the case of recycling) so as soon as they’ve a full bag, they tag it and put it out onto the street.
- Landlords are responsible for providing a storage area for waste…but not the waste itself. Some landlords, however, don’t appear to be providing such a storage area (and so residents put their rubbish onstreet).
- People may be unsure of what day to put them out. (For example do you sometimes assume that it must be recycling day when you see that a neighbour has a recycling bag out, only later to find that they had the wrong week? Well, when that happens, sometimes people then leave the bag out for the week.)
- People not even thinking about paying for their Waste…
- For some it would sometimes appear to be a misunderstanding of the rules here (for example in many other countries, waste is dropped by residents at certain pick-up points onstreet – and the collection of it is covered by local taxes).
- Others have ‘bigger problems’ (social problems, addiction problems, etc)
- People not being financially able to pay for their Waste…
- Some cannot afford to pay for bin charges.
- Since introduction of payment for recycling, some now cannot afford their waste costs (before the majority of their waste collection was free, and they could afford to pay for a small amount of ‘black’ waste). They often then begin to instead combine all their rubbish and put it on-street without a payment tag.
- People choosing to not pay for their Waste…
- Many do not feel any connection to, or pride for, the area in which they live and these areas tend to have high levels of rubbish on-street.
- Some simply make the choice not to pay. (“I’ll spend that on X instead.)
- Some see paying for waste as a ‘bin tax’ and wish to continue to protest against paying for it.
- People driving from other areas of the city to specifically dump their rubbish.
Here’s some more information which you may find interesting…
- The current process…
- Currently if a bag is untagged it’s not collected by the private waste operators as it’s then technically ‘dumping’ rather than ‘waste’.
- It’s not collected by DCC Waste Staff who empty the street bins, it’s left as evidence for the litter wardens. There are 19 litter wardens to cover Dublin City Council’s area, which is a low figure to cover the current scale of the problem.
- Generally 25-50% (depending on the scale of dumping on the particular day/week) of all dumped bags are searched by these litter wardens to look for identification information. About 10% of those will yield information leading to the dumper. (Many offenders rip the address portion off any letters, etc, to avoid detection.) Therefore generally less than 5% of dumped bags will result in yielding the address of an offender.
- These (max) 5% then are brought to court, but are often not charged due to the individual circumstances and various legislation.
- The above isn’t working and is very demoralising for City Council staff.
(One of our litter wardens gave the example of searching through the dumped rubbish at a particular blackspot for 4 years before he finally was able to find a piece of identification. When it went to court it didn’t result in a prosecution.)
- CCTV as a solution generally isn’t satisfactory.
- The problem is too widespread and CCTV is expensive to provide (apart from any other concerns).
- CCTV also can’t be secretly done (it must have an accompanying sign, etc) and so tends to simply move the problem ‘around the corner’.
- CCTV also only tends to work when a vehicle registration is connected (for example someone driving to dump somewhere), as otherwise it tends to be extremely difficult to ID a random person.
If they become aware of CCTV in an area, offenders (of all ages and sexes) will often use tricks such as wearing hoodies to hide their image.
Neighbours often do not approve of dumping, but draw a line at having a neighbour convicted – and so are unwilling to identify a neighbour.
- Naming-and-Shaming isn’t an option at present.
We are specifically mentioning these 3 items as they often appear as suggested solutions for the issue, so we’re going to suggest that we take them off the table to move the discussion into other areas.
STAGE C – CREATING SOLUTIONS
Dublin City Council’s ‘North Inner City Area Office’ have recently been looking at various options recently. They are hoping to find a sustainable, long-term solution and would like to trial some Beta Projects to explore the whole area. (These will, as always, be carried out in the Beta Area.)
Dublin City Beta Projects Thoughts & Questions:
- We expect that there will be no ‘one solution’ to this as there are many different reasons as to why it’s happening.
- Do you have any suggestions as to how we could think about this in the opposite way, and generate ‘positive’ ways of solving the issue (ie carrots)?
- We’d also be interested in the potentially ‘negative’ ways (ie sticks). However, we’re less interested in these as we’d suggest that these tend to be less sustainable and require more regular input of resources (money, time, energy) to maintain them.
- If we again think wider, and think about waste in general in the city, and about things such as the waste pyramid, do you have any suggestions?
We don’t mind if you ‘go wide’ for a moment, as the below Stage D prioritises various solutions, so we can always ‘narrow back in’ later on…being creative is usually the harder part.
We’ll update this Stage C shortly with some suggested solutions of our own, and AS ALWAYS, we would be very interested in hearing about any thoughts or suggestions that you have!
STAGE D – DECIDING ON PRIORITIES
We will update this stage once the above has been further discussed/developed.
STAGE E – EFFECT, EVALUATE, EVOLVE
We will update this stage once the above has been further discussed/developed.
STAGE F – FORMALISE
We will update this stage once the above has been further discussed/developed.
We’ve agreed a 3 month trial of a ‘1% Innovation Fund’ with one of our Area Offices.
The thinking (the experiment) is that such a 1% Innovation Fund might be used to explore ways to better stretch the Business As Usual 99% spend.
We began a trial a year or so ago. We wanted to create a mechanism whereby Dublin was able to experiment in order to test ideas that it felt might improve the City.
We weren’t quite sure what it was that we were trying to do (there’s still a ton of aspects that we still aren’t at all sure of). That’s fine. It was ‘good enough’ and is still ‘good enough’. Every day though, we aim to make it slightly better.
We don’t even know what it is yet. We don’t know what it is. We don’t know what it can be, we don’t know what it will be, we know that it is cool.
Or Martin Luther King Jr…
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Here’s what happened…
We’ve received three emails in the past two weeks from people enquiring about how best to contact those who created pieces as part of the below Beta Project.
Any further iterations of this Beta Project should look at how to better address this aspect. (As always, please let us know if you’ve any suggestions below in the comments.)
We have some more work to do with regard to exploring how best to succeed with moss-growing, and there’s several people who have contacted us with advice. We’ll update this post once we’ve some more news!
Here’s the chosen artwork – well done John! (Here’s John’s explanation for his design.)
We’d like to invite you along to a discussion of this, and the selection process. More info here.
We’ve received 7 submissions, and we’ll be arranging for a selection event as soon as we can!
There were NO submissions *sad face!* to this, but a few people have since said to us that they’d have loved to have entered…so…we’re going to accept any entries that anyone wants to send in until Monday 11th February. *happy face!*
The primary aim of this project is to explore and learn more about moss-growing, so we’ll probably simply do something much simpler if there are still no entries and we’ve a plan in mind there. But if you’re just dying to send us in something, we’d be delighted!
Original Post 19/12/12:
We’d like to explore a slightly different type of onstreet art in this Beta – moss!
(click the image for more info on that project)
We’re looking for you to submit your proposal(s) for a piece of art, an image, text, abstract, to be painted in moss or mixed media on the gable of a three storey high building.
DCC Beta Projects has been running for about 7 months, and is ITSELF a Beta, and itself has considered the Beta criteria (it was responding to a ‘Need’, is a ‘strategic platform’ – an idea that can change and grow and help launch others’ ideas…and so on).
We’re going to ‘pause’ DCC Beta for a few weeks, and during that time we’d love to get your feedback…so here’s a whole PILE of questions to get you thinking!
UPDATE: DCC BETA IS ACTIVE AGAIN, THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR FEEDBACK!
Could you (briefly) explain the issue that you’re hoping to solve?
There are many amenities available within the city which are not visable or known to people, even those in the locality on a regular basis. I have observed this while living by the Cabbage Patch Park in D8, those working 150m away have no knowledge of it in spite of its listing on the DCC quiet zones list etc. Within the Beta area there are parks and other amenities I did not know about. Continue reading
As it’s the Bram Stoker Festival this weekend, we’ve added the below ourselves to ask you for your input on this DCC Beta.
As we all know, there are a large number of vacant shops in Dublin. Could they be used in some temporary way?
We have received a few suggestions that vacant shop fronts could be used as a platform for emerging artists – that exposes them to the world.
The form of this Beta is Tommie’s (below) interpretation of that idea. He suggests that it’s like a hybrid between a physical and online/virtual gallery…a “traditional gallery in the digital age”.
There is to be a second iteration of this DCC Beta.
The wall has now been painted – see the below photos.
Contact DCC Beta Projects as usual with queries or comments on the general Beta itself (for example if you think it’s a good/bad idea, or changes to how it’s done, etc).
This DCC Beta is a ‘curated’ wall (a little bit similar to the way the Bridge of Peace is ‘curated’ or ‘managed’), and will be curated for the duration of this Beta…which will run until December.
Here’s a ‘joiner’ of the full wall (click on to expand)…
ORIGINAL POST: 18/10/2012
Would you like to see more walls with/for ‘art on the street’? Why, or why not?
If so, should they be ‘commissioned walls’, or ‘legal walls’ or something else? Any suggestions?
This wall is going to be painted by a group of artists over the coming few days to help start the conversation.
We’re going to be running a Parklet Beta.
(Update 02/07/12: Now in place onstreet…cheers to Alan for the pics https://twitter.com/AlanRiain/status/219768310697426944)
So we saw recently that in Helsinki they’re starting to put extra temporary cycle-parking onto the city streets for the ‘Summer’ half of the year (when more people cycle).
This got us thinking about a Beta, so we’re going to begin to look at the idea here also.
There are many corners in the city without street signs, and you’ll frequently spot tourists, map-in-hand, trying to figure out where they are. This got us thinking about street corner signs!
What would we like street corner signs to do? What could they be doing for us? Will they shortly be redundant – because of smartphones, for example?
On a Friday in early May, from 10:30-12:00 a group met (it was by open invitation to anyone who had submitted an artwork and generally to the public via the blog, facebook and twitter) to have an informal chat about…
- The form the traffic light box artwork Beta Project might next take (ie learn from this first version, and tweak it next time).
- How/who should select artwork submitted and why.
The meeting was held in one of the Beta Area’s hidden gems…
Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal for a Traffic Light Box Artwork!
We discussed this and we want to ask you something…
What format should the ‘selection’ process take? Continue reading
- What’s the importance/value in an area having a clear name?
- Are there areas of the city that are more difficult to name? For example ‘Rathmines’, or ‘Stoneybatter’ are clear enough, however many areas of the city are not so clearly defined.
- How should we better define them? Should it be ‘hard’ items such as street lights, street-name signs, etc…or should it be ‘soft’ items such as street feasts, or celebrations of each area?
- Who/how should decide on the name (if no clear one already seems to exist)? For example, the Beta Area doesn’t seem to have a clear name in people’s heads (people refer to it as “that area just off Capel Street” or “Smithfield”). Would you agree? How should it get that clear name?
- Should they be ‘quarters’, or ‘areas’, or ‘neighbourhoods’, or some other title?
- Should they have any role other than place-making…ie should they simply give you a sense of where you are/live/work, or should they also have a political or strategic function?
1 Identity / 11 Boxes / 111 Euro
UPDATE 26/04/12: Please submit until Wednesday 2nd May (we’ll be printing out on the Thursday morning)…and see this blog post!
(UPDATE 17/04/12: We didn’t receive 11 submissions, so if you wish to, please send on your proposal. We’ll update this blog once we arrange a date for selecting them, and if you want to send us an email to email@example.com we can specifically send you an email beforehand.)
Here’s an example of the type of thing that we’re talking about. This one is by Tarsila Kruse, and it’s at Christchurch.